Whether you've been taking romantic vacations together for years, or this is your first one, the honeymoon is a one of the most important vacations you'll ever take. Take time and effort to decide where the best destination would be that is specific to your tastes. Honeymoons are unique to each couple. So venture out on an African safari... Pick up a backpack and explore Europe... Strap on skis and cuddle up in a mountain retreat... Lounge in front of the most beautiful beach you've ever seen! The choice is all yours.
Do you feel frustrated with how to plan a honeymoon? Or just need some direction with the many advertisements being pushed on you? Start early and give it a lot of thought and you can have a memorable vacation. Ask your newlywed friends for advice and you will surely see the benefit. We've broken the process into 5 planning steps to make it easy to follow. Check out our timeline for more detailed steps to follow!
1. What's Your Style?
This is the most fundamental question that you two must figure out as a couple. If only one person is planning, make sure you ask the other about their vacation style. Just because your fiance has said many times that she would love to backpack across Europe, doesn't mean she will want to do that the week after wedding chaos, so plan ahead! Go to our Honeymoon Quiz page for more detailed questions to consider while determining your style and a quiz to narrow it down for you!
2. Pick a Destination!
Now it's time to pick your destination city, country or island. Refer to our Destination Guide for great ideas on how to pick your destination! Keep important factors in mind, like the local weather during your month of travel, tourist seasons, off-season rates for saving money and the hottest spots for couples.
3. Resort of Your Dreams
Picking your hotel, resort or cruise ship is a tricky thing. It can make or break your vacation. This is also where you will see tons of advertisements pressing you to pick a certain place to stay. Some key points to consider is how much time will you spend in your room or at the resort, how much luxury do you need and what types of amenities are important. Once you have some hotels in mind, read what couples say about them. Don't just book off of a beautiful internet photo or you might end up with a honeymoon disaster!
4. Time to Book
Online travel bookings are very commonplace, but be careful that all the special touches you want are reserved correctly. You can even call the hotel directly for specific requests and to see if they have any special deals. Travel agents can be useful because many of them visit destinations and hotels and can give you first hand knowledge. Honeymoon packages are often the way to go to get more for your money.
5. Get Ready to Leave
Unless you're delaying your honeymoon, you will be preparing for you wedding and honeymoon at the same time. Make sure you doublecheck all reservations! Also, pack early and follow a list. With wedding planning on the mind, you may not be thinking clearly. Here is our packing list >
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